Saturday Sidenotes: Wear it Proud

I love to wear my personality on my sleeves. (he he)… thus why I have a Disney sleeve tattoo and why I love all kinds of fangirl shirts, especially those about books that sometimes only your fellow booknerds understand.

And this week I rocked a total of 3 interviews – this never happens to me!! So as a reward to myself and a declaration of hope that I will get the job, today I also spent an ungodly amount of time scouring every corner of the internet for booknerd shirts, dreaming of the day that I can afford to buy one again. So today, I’ve also saved you a heck of a lot of time… here are the ones that I think are the best:

Also, a couple of these websites have all kinds of aweome reader gear. Check out Out of Print, The Reader’s Catalog, and Litographs.



Little Women from Out of Print


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Library Card from Skreened



Emma from Litographs



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Library Card Stamp from The Reader’s catalog


Sorry Boys from Look Human


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Pin Up Girl from Zazzle



Having Fun from Skreened


Thoreau tank from Amazon

Thoreau tank from Amazon


Evolution of Books

Evolution of Books tank from Etsy



Liebster Love!!!

liebsterawardMany many thanks to Stephanie at Fox on an Island, Liza at Paperback Wanderings, and Katie at KatLiterary for nominating me for a Liebster award!! I’m extremely excited that there are in fact people who enjoy reading my reviews. I definitely feel like a REAL blogger now.

Sidenote: I have been planning for a long time to start writing more personal posts that are related to something reader-ish instead of only posting reviews. So in honor of my Liebster award, I have decided to set a goal of writing these posts twice a month and actually do it. Stay tuned…

The Liebster is basically a way to spread love to new bloggers. When you receive the award, the rules are: list 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you, and return the favor by nominating other new bloggers with less than 200 followers. So here goes…

Some things you might not know about me:

  1. I have a degree in Biomedical Engineering that I don’t use.
  2. I was a gymnast for 15 years.
  3. I hate (am actually kinda scared of) frogs.
  4. I’m a festival junkie – music, arts, food, beer… doesn’t matter.
  5. Crunching leaves is my favorite stress reliever.
  6. I have a Disney sleeve tattoo.
  7. My husband and I dream of owning an all grass-fed meat farm.
  8. I would call myself an amateur potter.
  9. I do sprint triathlons for fun.
  10. I’m an unapologetic Jackson Browne fangirl.
  11. I’m obsessed with wildflowers.

Q & A: I chose 11 questions out of all of the questions from the bloggers who nominated me.

  1. How did you choose the name for your blog? I first started blogging over on Weebly with a friend who also loves reading and has similar taste in books, so we came up with Great Minds Read Alike. Since then, she has gotten busy with a new job and a new baby, so it’s just me. But I still love the name.
  2. How long have you been blogging? 7 months. I originally started on Weebly in October 2013.
  3. Of the places you have traveled, what city/country is your favourite? My husband and I went to Vancouver, BC last Christmas. I absolutely loved it. The city life is fantastic. And the road trips right out of the city are beautiful. And I still have dreams about Wildebeest, an exotic meats restaurant we went to a few times. I kind of fell in love with Canada, and I wouldn’t mind being a Canadian one day. We are definitely going to go back during the summer at some point to explore all the whitewater kayaking around BC.
  4. What are you passionate about? I believe wholeheartedly in living simply and gently, with the people in your life and the environment… in showing love everyday and finding happiness in small things… in making a difference where you are. Spread the love, people.
  5. What musicians are you currently listening to? On a regular basis, I listen to 90s and Bluegrass mostly. And right now, I’m all over Nickel Creek because I’m super excited about their reunion tour!!
  6. Where do you live, and do you like it there? I currently live in Hawaii, and it is by far the most overrated place on the face of the earth. I do not like it. But that could be because I’m partial to cold weather, road trips, and festivals. We’re moving the Virginia next month, and I’m extremely excited for all of the above: land for owning chickens and goats, whitewater kayaking, lakes, road trips, fall colors, and most of all I will get to go to a Nickel Creek concert. I missed the Dispatch reunion tour because of Hawaii, and I’m not sure I’ll ever get over it. But it’s making it up to me with Nickel Creek, so I’m halfway there.
  7. What upcoming 2014 book are you most excited about reading? Armada by Ernest Cline, the writer of Ready Player One which I absolutely loved. Check out my review if you want. I’m a little scared that it won’t measure up, but I’m really hoping that it does. I truly love nerd books.
  8. E-books or paper books? I started reading more eBooks in the past few months. It’s just really easy to carry a kindle around and take it out whenever I need a minute, and it’s an easy way to borrow library books. But sometimes eBooks drag out, and I feel like they take me longer to read. So I’m still partial to paper books. Plus, I have a lot that I have bought recently from thrift stores on my shelf. So I won’t be quitting paper books for a long time. And I feel that every good book nerd needs a good library of their own.
  9. Cat person or dog person? Not only am I a 100% dog person. But I’m an extreme anti-cat person. I love large dogs. I have a Golden Retriever named River and a Chocolate Lab named Banjo. They’re pretty awesome.
  10. What is a book you haven’t read but everyone keeps saying you should? The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I keep seeing all these great reviews. It’s definitely my next fantasy series on the list.
  11. What’s the best book you have ever read? Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. It’s the epitome of character development. I actually read it in my Lit class in college and surprisingly loved it.

And the blogs that I nominate are:

Thanks for your inspiration and your interest in my blog. To accept, list 11 facts about yourself, answer these questions, and nominate some other bloggers. GO!!

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  2. What blog post are you most proud of?
  3. What is your favorite thing about your blog?
  4. Outside of blogging, what inspires you?
  5. Do you prefer series or stand alone books?
  6. What upcoming release books are you most excited to read?
  7. Other than reading, what is your favorite thing to do?
  8. Do you have a favorite quote?
  9. What would your dream library look like?
  10. What is your favorite childhood book?
  11. What is your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?